“(Here are) the raw material of facts and thoughts, wood, as it were, so called from the multiplicity and variety of the matter contained therein.”
From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book

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Peter Sax's picture

Architecting Brennan Center's Interactive Map Building Tool

Our own devilishly handsome Project Manager and #1 Giants fan Tony Guzmán already wrote about the U.S. State Map building tool we created for the Brennan Center for Justice. Now I'm going to outline a bit of the underlying architecture, built on Drupal 7.


The Mugging of the American Dream

Wow. Just left the main ballroom at the Take Back America conference, where Bill Moyers was the opening speaker for todays plenary sessions.



Podcasting. Now.

Now that you're blogging, you should probably get up to speed on podcasting. (You are blogging, right? We talked about that, remember?) Like we told you before, if you're not podcasting yet. You should be.


Blogging, Life, Death & Community

In February of this year, a
young black gay man named Rashawn Brazell
was murdered
in New York city. His body was dismembered, and found later in


EchoDitto Reading Corner

This book just happened to catch my eye while I was browsing the other
day. What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the


Like Kryptonite to Laptop Security

There are some things you should
know but would probably rather not.
That's how I classify stories like this most recent one, which reveals
something you'd rather not know if you secure your laptop with a Kensington


Podcasting the Personal Democracy Forum Conference

From everyone I've talked to, it sounds like the Personal Democracy Forum conference, held yesterday in New York City, was a great learning opportunity for all.


Get a Message to the Senate

We've written
about text messaging
specifically, about its use by political movements in other parts of
the world. We used it ourselves, to help


Michael Silberman's picture

When "empowerment" goes too far

 We often talk—and, yes, sometimes even joke—about how to best "empower" an audience to self-organize around or take ownership over a given concept or campaign.


Political Change in Lebanon and Britain

If you didn’t know me, you’d think that I’m a guy who goes around setting off revolutions everywhere I touch down on the globe.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: